Set at the foot of the Kaiparowits Plateau on the South Shores of Lake Powell just off of Highway 89, Big Water, Utah combines rural outdoor beauty with quiet community living. Dedicated as Utah’s Gateway Community to Lake Powell, Big Water is an incorporated town of roughly 475 people situated only 6 miles from the Arizona border, and 57 miles from the Kane County seat, Kanab. Located in the center of the Grand Circle of National Parks and Monuments, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument are just minutes away. Within 3 hours are the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion’s National Park, Mesa Verde Indian ruins, Monument Valley and several others.


Big Water began as a Construction Camp for workers on one of the four major units of the Colorado River Storage Project: the Glen Canyon Unit, which consisted of the Glen Canyon Dam, power plant, and bridge. When construction completed, the construction camp of “Glen Canyon City”, as they called it then, nearly emptied. It was not until the early 1980’s that the town was incorporated and renamed “Big Water.” Contrary to popular belief, Big Water wasn’t named for its view of Lake Powell. The town is named for The Navajo Aquifer, a water plate below ground with an estimated 400 million acre feet of water that spans over most of Southwestern Utah and some of Northern Arizona.


Big Water Town is governed by a Mayor and 4 councilors, all of which are elected positions. Administrative staff positions include a town clerk, a town attorney, and a building inspector. Planning and zoning activities are conducted by a five member commission and appeals are heard by a five member board of adjustment.

The Big Water Town Marshal currently provides law enforcement and a municipal justice of the peace handles local misdemeanors.

Fire protection is provided by a well-equipped and trained volunteer fire department housed in a 2-bay station next to the Town Hall. The ambulance is staffed with several EMT’s and covers the Eastern Kane County area.



Garkane Energy – (888)644-5026
Garkane is usually prompt in setting up new accounts and has a 24-hour service line.
Telephone land line service through Century Link is handled out of Arizona. When calling Century Link, if the customer service representative can not quickly locate Big Water or your phone, tell them to look under the area code 928. This will usually bring them to the right screen

Century Link

Residential Customers
Sales and Billing – Mon-Fri 7 am-7pm – (800)244-1111
Repair – 24 hours – (800)573-1311
Small Business Customers
Sales and Billing – Mon-Fri 8 am-5pm – (800)603-6000
Repair – 24 hours – (800)954-1211

Cell Phone

Verizon Wireless has good service in Big Water area. Check with your carrier to make sure this area is in your coverage zone. Pay as you go services, such as are offered at Walmart, also work in Big Water.


Garkane Propane – (888)735-4288
SemStream LP– (928)645-2080

Garbage Collection

Big Water Municipal(435)675-3760


Big Water Municipal (435)675-3760